“Curriculum is a design for social futures.”

-The New London Group, “A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies”

Audre Lorde
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bell hooks "Teaching Community"
bell hooks "Teaching Community"
bell hooks "Teaching Community"
Nel Noddings

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When students are treated as competent they are likely to demonstrate competence.”

Gloria Ladson-Billings, The Dreamkeepers


"Difference must not merely be tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic. Difference is that new and powerful connection from which our personal power is fused."

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

"The tapestries our classrooms are woven in our daily interactions; they are sensitive to heat, light, and tension. They can warm and protect us, and sometimes they can smother us.

Teachers are always toggling among such perspectives, getting to know her learners close up, one on one, as well as who they are when interacting in larger communities. We understand the need for flexibility as well as the benefits of loose and tight stitches. We know that strength comes from interconnectedness, and that when beauty is hard to see we need to first examine the limitations of our own vision."

English Journal editors, 9/2016


“I don’t know does not depress the good learner.”

Postman & Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity


"His voice must possess the power of a moon, I thought, something beyond my grasp, my little life. Then a narrator named the man as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I nodded, not knowing why a doctor was speaking like this. But maybe these people were ill, and he was trying to cure them. There must have been medicine in his words—can there be medicine in words? 'I have a dream,' I mouthed to myself as the doctor spoke. It occurred to me that I had been mouthing my grandmother’s stories as well, the ones she had been telling me ever since I was born. Of course, not being able to read does not mean that one is empty of stories.​"

"Surrendering" by Ocean Vuong in The New Yorker

“What happens when we stir these waters of information? When we start to speak and see through them? When we explore and probe our own experiences? These are the questions Cole seemed to posit with the statement above, itself a great undoing of many of the constraints that limit the idea of what it means to be black. If blackness is not an empty vacuous space, it cannot serve as a dumping ground for the colonial imagination, nor is it innately or inextricably tied to the ills of history that began with European contact in Africa, Asia, the Americas or Oceania. If blackness is information at rest, it is the holding space for other bodies of knowledge, and other ways of seeing that have been silenced, eroded, hidden or simply lived in the shadows.”  

“Black on All Sides: lessons we learned from Teju Cole” by Tej Adeleye

How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard. (TED talk)

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